Reproductive health supplies airlifted into quake-shattered Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK – UNFPA and partner agencies have airlifted more than 125 tons of life-saving supplies to earthquake-shattered parts of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Haiti on August 14 killed more than 2,200 people. It injured more than 12,260 people and left 650,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance. Many…

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Can family planning reduce poverty? These women think so.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, decades of progress were reversed in the effort to eliminate extreme poverty. Women were hit particularly hard, with 9.1% more women living in poverty because of the pandemic. And just when it could have had the greatest impact, one tool for combatting poverty was disrupted: family planning.   42…

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Survivors of sexual violence in conflict, no matter what

This story contains accounts and descriptions of sexual violence, including toward children. Please use caution when reading and sharing.  Women’s bodies are not a battlefield. But in case after case, sexual violence has been used as a tactic of war to destroy families, plague communities with fear, and wreak havoc on the bodies and minds of women…

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A new partnership between Friends of UNFPA and FreeWill

Click here to establish your vision for the future. We at Friends of UNFPA are so appreciative of your ongoing support. You ensure the health, dignity, and future potential of women and girls throughout the world whose lives are impacted by UNFPA services. During August, which is National…

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Haiti’s Most Recent Earthquake Puts Women and Girls at Risk

On August 14, 2021, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, killing nearly 2,000 and injuring thousands more. The coming days will likely bring more deaths, especially given the lack of functional health facilities, health care workers, and supplies. Over 83,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving many Haitian women and girls either homeless…

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What We All Lose When Menstruation Myths Win

Shortfalls in comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education threaten the lives of women and girls. The COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on gender equality and reproductive and sexual health has emphasized the importance of including menstruation in comprehensive sexual health education for all.  Before the pandemic, more than 500 million women and…

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Compounding Crises: The State of the World’s Most Dire Humanitarian Crises

The political climate–and actual climate–of a humanitarian crisis can change at any moment. It can be extremely difficult to imagine life as someone living through an emergency. But whatever their situation may be, we know that women and girls need access to birth control, prenatal and safe delivery care, and support after experiencing gender-based violence.   At…

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UNFPA’s Ongoing Work in Yemen

The world’s worst humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in Yemen for the past six years. Medicine and midwives are scarce. And the lives of millions of women, girls, and babies are in danger.  Even before the war, Yemen was one of the most dangerous places on earth for pregnant mothers. With…

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No Discrimination in Parenthood, No Matter What

Every person has the right to decide if, when, and with whom they want to have children. At UNFPA, we work tirelessly to ensure this right is upheld. And usually, this means providing every person with comprehensive sexuality education and access to family planning. These resources are especially important for women, who stand the most to gain in terms of autonomy, happiness,…

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Supporter Spotlight: Jacob Onufrychuk

For Jacob Onufrychuk, Chair of the Board of Friends of UNFPA, the decision to support UNFPA is intellectual and emotional. He and his wife, Martine Hyde Onufrychuk, were seeking organizations that prioritize sexual and reproductive health and rights. UNFPA’s work ensuring women and girls safe, healthy, and empowered…

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